One of two stadiums in Bulawayo, the Bulawayo Athletic Club was established in 1894 and is home to the Zimbabwe cricket team.
Its first-ever international cricket match took place in 1992 and it was an ODI between Zimbabwe and New Zealand which the latter won by 22 runs.
This venue has also served as the home ground for Matabeleland at the domestic level and was the second stadium in Zimbabwe to host an international Test.
Apart from cricket, tennis, squash and hockey have also been played at this venue in the past. However, these days it is used primarily for cricket and the stadium has a capacity of 12,000 spectators.
A few ODIs have been held at this stadium in recent years and here we take a look at some of the 50-over records and stats from Bulawayo Athletic Club in Zimbabwe.
Bulawayo Athletic Club ODI records and stats
Highest team total
Oman holds the record for the highest team total in ODIs at this venue. In the fourth match of the ICC World Cup qualifiers 2023, Oman was set a target of 282 to chase by Ireland. Despite being expected to crumble under the pressure to chase, Oman went against the odds to score 285/5 in 48.1 overs and register the highest team total in ODIs on this ground. Fifties from Kashyap Prajapati, Aqib Ilyas, and Zeeshan Maqsood helped Oman complete the successful chase to upset Ireland.
Lowest team total
In the eighth match of the ICC World Cup qualifiers 2018, Hong Kong registered the lowest team total in ODIs on this ground. Asked to bat first by Scotland, Hong Kong struggled to get going from the outset and were bowled out for 91 as only three of their players reached double-digit scores. Scotland chased down the target with four wickets and 159 balls to spare.
Scotland’s Richie Berrington has scored the most runs in ODIs at this venue. The right-hand batter has made 195 runs in three matches at an average of 65. He’s struck one fifty and a century on this ground with his highest score of 127 coming against UAE in the 12th match of the ICC World Cup qualifiers 2023.
Hong Kong’s Ehsan Khan has taken the most wickets in ODIs at this stadium. He’s accounted for seven wickets at an average of 8.85 and an economy of 4/13 with best figures of 4/33 at this venue.
Highest individual score
Scotland’s Calum MacLeod holds the record for the highest individual score in ODIs on this ground. After being set a target of 256 to chase by Afghanistan in the fourth match of the ICC World Cup qualifiers 2018, MacLeod led the Scottish charge by scoring an unbeaten 157 off 146 balls. His knock helped Scotland chase down the target with seven wickets and 16 balls to spare.
Best bowling figures
The same match that saw Hong Kong register the lowest team total at this venue during the ICC World Cup qualifiers 2018 also witnessed Scotland’s Tom Sole register the best-ever bowling figures in ODIs at Bulawayo Athletic Club. His spell of 4/15 helped bundle out Hong Kong for 91 and set up a four-wicket win for the Scots.
The same encounter that witnessed Calum Macleod make the highest individual score on this ground also saw the him along with Richie Berrington string together the highest ODI partnership at the venue. The duo put on a 208-run stand for the third to help Scotland comfortably chase down the 256-run target set by Afghanistan.
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